Prakash, who was appointed the Chairperson of the Prasar Bharati board on October 28, said that Doordarshan's decision to telecast RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat's 'Vijaydashmi' speech was absolutely "bang on" as the event constituted news.
    
Speaking about his plans for the country's public service broadcaster here, Prakash said that, years ago, when private television channels came in, many people had doubts about the future of DD News.

But the situation has changed now, he averred. "Now, we are at a stage when people are getting
exasperated with private news channels because of the content and the slanging matches that are on at prime time.

In my view, people come to a news channel for news. They don't come to you for noise. "Therefore, if we make DD News a top-class channel, we will be able to pull away viewers from many of the private players today," Prakash said.

In reference to some recent instances of glitches and faux pas on DD News, which were widely reported and caused much embarassment to the public broadcaster, Prakash noted that no hassles should crop up in the coverage of news.

He, however, added that being the public broadcaster, Doordarshan has to face a lot more scrutiny as it is owned by the people, as opposed to the private channels, about which not as much is written.

Prakash said that the quality of the output was a factor linked to the TRP of a channel even as he suggested that improving the look and feel of DD News could be a solution for attracting more viewers.

Asked as to what he thought about the controversy over Doordarshan's telecast of the RSS chief's speech, the Prasar Bharati Chairperson said, "Mr Mohan Bhagwat's speech on Vijaydashmi Day was, I think, taken live by many news channels in the country, including DD News.

If I was in charge of news that day, in any channel, I would have taken it live because that day Mr Mohan Bhagwat's speech constituted news."In the current political environment, what Mr Mohan Bhagwat says constitutes news. Have no confusion about it," he replied.
    
Terming the decision of DD News "absolutely bang on," Prakash said that as a news consumer and political analyst, he himself wanted to know what the RSS chief had said.
    
Sharing his ideas about the channel, Prakash said he is of the view that DD News should not be a bilingual channel. "We must have two separate news channels.

DD News Hindi and DD News English. It's very important," he said, adding that he intends to discuss the idea with Prasar Bharati's board members and its officials.

He also said that he hoped that the Prasar Bharati Recruitment Board (PBRB) would be set up in the coming time.

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